When discussing electronic health records (EHR) solutions, it’s difficult to avoid the debate between best-of-breed and integrated systems. With many viable solutions available in both categories, it often depends on the needs of the specialty. As a specialty becomes more focused and unique, the need for a fitting best-of-breed option increases. For dentistry, more often than not best-of-breed options are the most fitting solution. Recently, we conducted a study to observe EHR usage in the greater Nashville, Tennessee area. Amidst other interesting market observations, it was noted that 74 percent of office-based practices currently use an EHR system. For dental practices in the Nashville area, that number is at 80 percent. Of the dental practices in the Nashville area utilizing an EHR solution in their practice, 75 percent use a best-of-breed system. With an average overall dentistry EHR satisfaction of 8.5 out of 10 – higher than the National average and the Nashville average – there is something to be said for dentistry specific best-of-breed options. These solutions are equipped with the tools dentists need to increase efficiency and effectiveness across the whole practice. From scheduling and patient management modules to imaging and intelligent support, these three popular dental software solutions offer the tools dentists need to increase their competitive advantage.
Patterson’s Eaglesoft was created to be the ideal dental software for practices of any size. With patient information personalization options, Eaglesoft allows users to customize the EHR platform so that it fits the workflow of their practice. Besides having dentistry specific customizations, Eaglesoft has modules for practice management and charting that help increase practice organization and efficiency. Eaglesoft’s accounting module has a family walkout option, where users can quickly enter charges for multiple family members with one walkout process. In addition, Its Smart Claims and Invoices module allows users to quickly create a new invoice using existing patient data from anywhere in the office. According to a study published by the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), 76 percent of dentists access EHRs during a patient visit. Eaglesoft’s patient records module increase the ease of access to patient records across the entire practice. With tooth and perio charting, clinical notes, and all patient images stored on one patient record, doctors and nurses can quickly access this information from any computer in the office. Beyond charting and patient notes options, Eaglesoft offers digital integration with many of the imaging products available in the marketplace. Integration with these systems is seamless, allowing for everything from video images to digital X-rays to be stored in individual patient records. In addition to all of these modules, Eaglesoft now offers users access to CAESY Cloud, an on-demand patient education tool. These multimedia presentations can be accessed from anywhere in the office, allowing for dentistry professionals to more effectively explain complex procedures utilizing Eaglesoft’s education tools. Patients who fully understand the diagnosis can more thoroughly understand treatment options and make informed decisions.
With 80 years of industry leadership and experience, Dentrix understands the solutions that best fit the needs of dentistry professionals without remaining stuck in the past. Dentrix’s Practice Management Solution offers powerful office management and clinical tools to increase practice organization and efficiency. In an effort to meet the various and unique needs of dental practices, Dentrix created a full suite of “Dentrix Connected” products that users can mix and match depending on the needs and budget of their practice. Potential customers can reap the benefits of Dentrix before they even visit your practice. With a flexible online appointment book, patients can personalize automated reminder options and make appointments using convenient online forms. Dentrix has also created diverse integrated eServices for handling the wide array of financial operations in any given dental practice. From eClaims, which handles electronic insurance claims and attachments, to QuickBill, which navigates electronic patient billing, Dentrix offers the solutions dentists need to increase efficiency and organization. The clinical tools offered by Dentrix were created to maximize the accuracy of patient records while decreasing the time it normally takes to input information. The Dentrix clinical module provides perio charting, treatment planning, and progress notes. With the Dentrix VoicePro solution, dentists can record chairside perio examinations by speaking into a microphone instead of manually recording information, utilizing speech recognition software for increased accuracy. The modules available through the Dentrix suite all integrate seamlessly with one another, allowing dental practices to pick the package of solutions that fits their needs.
Created as a complement to the NextGen Ambulatory EHR and the NextGen Practice Management Solution, QSIDental’s NextGen electronic dental records (EDR) was produced to improve dental patient care while reducing costs and increasing revenue. In an effort to streamline the patient record creation and storage process, NextGen EDR created a comprehensive patient record system that gives total visibility to users. This allows for more transparency of treatment while creating a more holistic approach. In addition, this single-patient record simplifies patient accounting and reporting. With NextGen’s “Smart Note” technology, dental professionals now have the freedom to access patient information notes from any location at any time. This best-of-breed dental software solution is a specialized system that caters to the needs of dental professionals. Some of the key features include graphical tooth charting, x-ray and imaging options, voice-activated periodontal charting, and treatment planning. NextGen EDR also offers a multi-language patient education module, providing educational information and clarity to patients and family members. Dental practices that take advantage of these education platforms increase their value to customers by increasing transparency and engaging customers in the treatment decision making process. These three systems are just a few of the EHR options available for dental professionals to increase efficiency across their practice. While these solutions provide excellent modules, other systems might be a better fit for your practice’s needs or price range. For more help choosing the right EHR solution for your practice, check out our product selection tool. Have you used with any of these solutions for your dental practice? Let us know about your experience in the comments below.